At a minimum, Pirates of a Burning Sea is a tasty light snack to be enjoyed in addition to other games, or as an appetizer while waiting for the Next Big MMO, but it's quite possible that it will develop to be the Yarr-tastic sea-based stepchild of EVE Online with the cutthroat PvP aspect keeping things going - only time will tell.
Surprisingly good effort for a pirate-themed MMO. Instead of a reskinned Everquest-derivative, we get some actual gameplay innovations. If you can get by the early shock of the poor character-based parts, the game does grow on you. Not bad, not bad at all.
Overall score: 82/100